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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Remdesivir treatment shows 62% reduction in COVID-19 deaths

The experimental antiviral drug remdesivir reduced the mortality rate in severely ill COVID-19 patients by 62%, Foster City-based manufacturer Gilead Sciences announced Friday.

Tuesday, 4:58 PM | 1 comment
Facing recruiting challenges, Palo Alto cuts seats on two commissions

Citing difficulties in recruiting new volunteers, Palo Alto has reduced the number of seats on two citizen commissions, including one that is focused on promoting diversity and exploring police reform.

Tuesday, 4:01 PM | No comments yet
Air district asks employers to 'cut the commute' by expanding remote work options

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District along with Santa Clara County asked employers to sign a pledge that extends teleworking for workers after shelter-in-place orders are eased.

Tuesday, 8:44 AM | 4 comments

Monday, July 13, 2020

Santa Clara County reverses health order, reclosing hair salons and gyms

Less than a day after hair salons and gyms reopened in Santa Clara County, the county's Public Health Department announced those businesses, among other sectors, will have to reclose by this Wednesday, July 15.

Monday, 6:34 PM | 42 comments
COVID-19 treatments, vaccines could be ready by early 2021, Fauci tells Stanford Medicine

The prognosis for getting a handle on COVID-19 could be good if the public is responsible for its actions and if scientific breakthroughs continue, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Stanford Medicine on Monday.

Monday, 6:01 PM | 5 comments
Three council members challenge Sacramento housing mandate

As Palo Alto braces for an ambitious new housing mandate, three City Council members are requesting that the state delay the process and reconsider its Bay Area target of 441,176 new units.

Monday, 4:48 PM | 25 comments

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Prop. 13 reform could be big boost to county's tax revenue, study says

If voters pass the Schools and Communities First initiative this fall, San Mateo County would generate the most tax revenue per capita in the state, a new study has found.

Sunday, 8:20 AM | 59 comments

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Should the state investigate local police shootings? California rethinks its resistance

If this state is the nation's laboratory for progressive laws, why has it been unable to keep the police from policing themselves?

Saturday, 8:31 AM | 3 comments

Friday, July 10, 2020

Police confiscate over 1,300 pounds of fireworks in East Palo Alto

A series of operations to tamp down on illegal fireworks in East Palo Alto led police officers to confiscate 1,304 pounds of the devices and arrest nine people in two months, according to a new report.

Friday, 5:26 PM | 12 comments
Study: High-speed rail could slow down emergency responders on Peninsula

Despite a decade of delays, funding uncertainties and political hurdles, California's embattled high-speed rail project continues to slowly advance, with plans to complete the section between San Francisco and Los Angeles by 2033.

Friday, 4:26 PM | 23 comments
Masked workouts and no indoor cardio: Gyms prepare to reopen under tight Santa Clara County rules

Starting Monday, gyms and fitness centers that have been shuttered for months throughout Santa Clara County will finally be allowed to reopen. But they're going to have to follow some stringent measures.

Friday, 3:19 PM | 6 comments
Businesses must submit online form to resume operations under new health order

All businesses planning to resume operations under Santa Clara County's new health order must complete a new online social distancing protocol form. The county is urging businesses to do it before this Monday.

Friday, 12:39 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on public art budget, Lytton Garden facade revisions

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 13.

Friday, 10:12 AM | No comments yet
Fires point to risky conditions in Ravenswood Triangle

A 60-acre grass-and-marsh area with homeless encampments, most of which is supposed to be protected habitat for endangered species, has been besieged by 23 fires this year.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 9 comments
For hair salons and barbershops still in business, it's a rocky road to recovery

The Midpeninsula hair-service industry will need to play catch-up to survive a pandemic of a virus that's transmitted through close contact and in indoor spaces.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 8 comments

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Independent Study/Homeschool

The graduating Class of 2020.

Thursday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Open streets to save Palo Alto

As we've seen in states with low COVID cases and rapid opening, people only gradually return to in-person spending. If as a community we don't act to help retailers survive, they will not.

Thursday, 2:07 PM | 19 comments
State's ambitious housing targets spur anxieties in Palo Alto

After falling woefully short of their own housing goals, Palo Alto leaders are bracing for a daunting new assignment: a state mandate that may force them to plan for more than 5,000 units by 2031.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | 31 comments

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Artist blocks street to guard new Black Lives Matter mural

A group of demonstrators has parked cars on top of the new Black Lives Matter mural on Hamilton Avenue, guarding it against wear-and-tear of traffic and concerned the image of a convicted police killer could be erased.

Wednesday, 11:07 PM | 103 comments
Woman arrested in 1993 homicide of her daughter

Twenty-seven years after a 3-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her family's East Palo Alto home, investigators have arrested her mother in connection with her homicide, police said.

Wednesday, 1:01 PM | 4 comments
'Heartbreaking' but 'imperative': Stanford to cut nearly a third of its varsity sport teams

After the 2020-21 season, Stanford University will discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity sports teams as it faces a growing budget deficit.

Wednesday, 12:15 PM | 11 comments
Tech companies, research institutes cash in on federal loan program

Research institutes, tech companies and hotels were among the biggest local beneficiaries of the federal Paycheck Protection Program, with some recipients getting loans of over $5 million, according to new data.

Wednesday, 9:50 AM | 6 comments
School board puts parcel tax on November ballot, expecting challenging path to approval

The school board decided Tuesday night to place a parcel tax renewal on the November ballot, partially out of concern that the measure might not pass the first time.

Wednesday, 9:33 AM | 15 comments
Longtime school board member to seek seat on county Board of Education

After 13 years as a Palo Alto Board of Education member, Melissa Baten Caswell won't run for reelection in November. She's instead seeking a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Wednesday, 9:22 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Gunn High teacher Greer Stone joins race for City Council

Greer Stone, a Gunn High School history teacher and former chair of the Palo Alto's Human Relations Commission, has joined the increasingly crowded race for a seat on the City Council.

Tuesday, 4:47 PM | 39 comments
California among states filing suit over pandemic relief funding to schools

A multistate lawsuit filed against the Trump administration accuses U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of preventing COVID-19 pandemic relief funding from being dispersed to K-12 public schools.

Tuesday, 3:16 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto native, graduate announces bid for school board

Katie Causey, a Palo Alto native, Palo Alto Unified graduate and nonprofit employee, announced on Tuesday that she's running for a seat on the school board in November.

Tuesday, 2:49 PM | 10 comments
Activist group calls on city to 'desegregate' Foothills Park

About a dozen activists met under the full moon on Sunday night to paint the message 'Desegregate' along Page Mill Road in front of the Foothills Park entrance.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | 172 comments
Santa Clara County gains state clearance for plan to reopen economy

After an initial setback, Santa Clara County received the go-ahead from the state on Monday night for its plan to reopen the economy and allow hair salons and gyms to resume operations on July 13.

Tuesday, 9:54 AM | 25 comments
Nonprofit Youth Community Service announces new executive director

Youth Community Service, which provides volunteer opportunities to Midpeninsula students in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, named Mora Oommen as its new executive director on July 1.

Tuesday, 8:33 AM | 3 comments

Monday, July 6, 2020

State denies Santa Clara County's plan to reopen economy, prompts confusion over outdoor dining

Santa Clara County suffered a stinging setback over the weekend in its strategy to reopen the economy, when the state rejected its plan to allow more businesses, including gyms and hair salons, to resume later this month.

Monday, 1:24 PM | 12 comments

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Opinion: Non-elected regional bodies are threatening Palo Alto's neighborhoods

July 10 will be the last chance to appeal dramatic changes by two non-elected regional bodies that will threaten the city's character. I urge everyone to ask the City Council now to stop the process.

Sunday, 9:41 AM | 88 comments

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Around Town: 91-year-old woman fulfills lifelong dream of completing bachelor's degree

In the latest Around Town column, news about a Palo Alto woman who recently finished her bachelor's degree, the Stanford Dish reopening July 6 and posters calling attention to police brutality.

Saturday, 9:21 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 3, 2020

School board endorses plan for new academic year

In Palo Alto, the school board unanimously OK'd the district's plan Friday for reopening schools with some tweaks, including providing more in-person time for sixth-graders and consideration of later start times for secondary schools.

Friday, 12:59 PM | 181 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Forum on police reform, discussion on Plan Bay Area 2050

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 6.

Friday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto will open University Avenue daily to foot traffic only, but will the benefits outweigh the potential risks?

As businesses welcome back customers, health leaders continue to warn that increased movement will lead to more COVID-19 cases.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 8 comments
Black in Palo Alto: Longtime residents describe painful toll of everyday racism

Five African Americans, all longtime Palo Altans who have endured painful incidents of racial discrimination, are cautiously hopeful that the Black Lives Matter movement could bring welcome change.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 46 comments
Not all neighborhoods were created equal in Palo Alto

Housing restrictions have existed in Palo Alto neighborhoods for decades until the U.S. Supreme Court voided racial restrictions in 1948. Despite the ruling, many restrictions stayed in deeds and bylaws.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 17 comments
Guest Opinion: Council reduced the size of the Human Relations Commission because of me

Members of the community have asked why the Palo Alto City Council reduced the size of its Human Relations Commission from seven to five seats last Tuesday without saying a word.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 39 comments
Your guide to local services available in Palo Alto this Fourth of July

As the coronavirus remains at large, city offices are closed and most firework shows in the county are canceled on July 4. We've compiled a list of which services will be available this weekend.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Santa Clara County to allow hair salons, gyms to reopen — provided they meet new social-distancing rules

Hair salons and gyms in Santa Canta County may be allowed to reopen in mid-July under a new county order, which creates a strict set of rules that every business must follow to ensure safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 4:39 PM | 22 comments
What California's budget deal means for K-12 schools

California's new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear delayed cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 1 comment
Wind-driven grass fire threatens homes

A rapidly spreading vegetation fire caused the evacuation of homes in an East Palo Alto neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon after breaking out in a homeless encampment.

Thursday, 7:25 AM | 4 comments

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